Former FBI Agent Pens Novel Based on Fictional Experiences in the Animal
Press Office note: The whole book discussed below in this Huffington Post Puff
Piece is based on a lie; this so-called FBI agent never infiltrated the ALF, but
posed as an animal rights campaigner for a year or two before being called out
by activists. That's it. Fortunately, no activist ever really suffered from her
largely incompetent efforts, but she is no less the snitch. Here is her personal
website, in case anyone is interested: http://danaridenour.net/index.html.
She may live in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
March 28, 2016
Ever since Donnie Brasco, the story of the FBI agent who went undercover to
infiltrate the American Mafia, America has not had a glimpse into the minds of undercover operatives
who work in our country every day.
Now there is "Behind
the Mask," by retired FBI agent Dana
Ridenour, a novel about FBI agent Lexie Montgomery, that will take readers
into the Bureau's undercover program. Montgomery's first assignment is
infiltrating a radical cell of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), an underground
organization operating in splinter groups throughout Los Angeles.
One of the mottos of the FBI undercover training program is 'you create
relationships to betray them.' This becomes all too real as Montgomery becomes
entrenched in the radical under world.
Montgomery infiltrates the radical organization by befriending Savannah Riley, a
Savannah left the safety of her small southern town for the bright lights of the
city. Pulled into the animal rights movement by her college roommate and a
gorgeous anarchist, she sinks deeper and deeper into the dark, paranoid world of
As the actions of her cell escalate beyond simple demonstrations and graffiti,
Savannah turns to Lexie to keep her grounded. But as the two women grow closer
and the FBI's case builds, Lexie is forced to decide what betrayal really means.
The novel is exciting, thought provoking, and left me wondering what might
happen next. When Dana Ridenour decided to publish her premiere novel, her
manuscript had to go through a pre-publishing review process with the FBI to
insure that she was not disclosing any trade secrets. "I was held to a little
different standard because of my affiliation with the FBI. For example, I was
not allowed to use a photo of the FBI seal on the cover," Ridenour says.
Ridenour's mother inspired her to write.
"She encouraged me to keep a journal when I became an FBI Agent. I started
keeping a journal when I began working undercover. I was afraid the targets
might find the journal, so I kept it hidden in the ceiling panels of my
undercover apartment," says Ridenour.
Those journals were a big part of formulating the novel's characters, as were
her personal experiences undercover.
"Undercover agents have to learn to compartmentalize their emotions, which takes
a little practice. When an agent is new to working undercover, it can be
difficult to not get lost in the role. A good undercover agent relies on his or
her contact agent to keep him or her grounded in reality. So, in a way Lexie
(Montgomery) is based largely on my experiences as an FBI agent."
To learn more about Ridenour or the read the book yourself, visit her website,
or author page on Amazon.
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